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|Montana State Senate, District 28|
|2005 - present|
|January 5, 2015|
|Years in position||10|
|President of the Senate|
|2013 - present|
|State House Majority Leader|
|2011 - 2012|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Term limits||8 years in any 16-year period|
|Montana House of Representatives|
|2004 - 2005|
|Bachelor's||Illinois Institute of Technology, 1974|
|J.D.||University of Montana, 1977|
|Date of birth||June 29, 1952|
|Place of birth||Billings, Montana|
Essmann was appointed to the Montana House of Representatives in 2004, serving until 2005. Essmann was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1996. He was as a Precinct Committeeman for Precinct 69 Poly Drive School from 1982 to 1998, and Chair of the Yellowstone County Republican Central Committee from 1995 to 1999.
Essmann earned his B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1974, and his J.D. from the University of Montana in 1977. His professional experience includes working as an attorney, owner/manager of Valet Today Cleaners, and owner/manager of Esstech Limited Liability Corporation.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Essmann served on the following committees:
|Montana Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Energy and Telecommunications|
|• Finance and Claims|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Essmann served on the following committees:
|Montana Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Education and Cultural Resources|
|• Energy and Telecommunications|
|• Public Health, Welfare, and Safety|
|• Rules, Chair|
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Essmann served on the following committees:
|Montana Committee Assignments, 2009|
|• Local Government|
As reported in the Montana Policy Institute's Montana Pig Tales (2012), Essmann supported efforts to create a comprehensive list of all tax-exempt properties in Montana. As of 2012, there were 11,034 properties which had been granted tax exemptions since the state was granted authority to do so in 1981, in addition to the large number of properties which had been granted tax exemptions by Montana's counties from the state's independence in 1889 until 1981. A bill to create a list of all such properties and verify the validity of their exemptions died in the interim Revenue and Transportation Committee in September 2012 amid objections from the Department of Revenue about the bill's potential expense in DOR time and resources. Essmann told the Montana Policy Institute that he intended to introduce a bill to pilot a review of tax-exempt properties in one or two counties in 2013, although he had not done so by the end of the 2013 session.
Essman had initially declared his intention to run for Governor of Montana in 2012, but withdrew from the race months before the June 5th primary election, citing a lack of funds and a desire for a united Republican party.
- See also: Montana State Senate elections, 2010
|Montana State Senate, District 28 General election (2010)|
|Jeff Essmann (R)||5,906|
|Russell Doty (D)||2,898|
|Montana State Senate, District 28 (2006)|
|Jeff Essmann (R)||7,091|
|Rayla Romain (D)||2,841|
In 2010, a year in which Essmann was up for re-election, he collected $33,894 in donations.
His largest contributor in 2010 was:
In 2006, Essmann collected $40,445 in donations.
His five largest contributors in 2006 were:
|Yellowstone County Republican Central Committee||$1,050|
Essmann is married to his wife, Sherry.
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- Office website
- Campaign website
- Project Vote Smart biographical profile
- Project Vote Smart legislative profile
- Campaign Contributions: 2010, 2008, 2006
- Montana Policy Institute, Montana Pig Book, p. 39
- Bill search for bills with Essmann as primary sponsor, last accessed July 23, 2013
- KXLH.com, "Essman ends run or Governor of MT," January 27, 2012
- Montana Secretary of State - 2006 General Election Results
- 2010 campaign contributions
- 2006 contributions to Jeff Essmann
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